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Something big & toothy in shallow water

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At Rockland breakwater, right behind the lighthouse. No striper action so going for pollock but only getting mackerel.

 

The gulls are edging closer to the pile of mackerel so I pull a stringer out of my bag and dip them down in a gap in the breakwater rocks. It appears super shallow but could be mistaken but it's definitely highly restrictive space.

 

After about 20 minutes another mackerel school goes by and I get some more. Pulling up the stringer I'm shocked to find that one of them is cleanly severed below the gills so it's just a single head on the stringer.

 

I can rule out crabs because it was a clean cut and the other mackerel were unmolested.

 

I'm thinking it's possibly a lobster that tried to bring it back to its den and grew frustrated so cut it but that seems unlikely.

 

There are wolf fish there but I can't imagine an adult being able to fit in that space, so possibly a juvenile.

 

Small shark? 

 

I don't think it could possibly be an eel or a striper because this was a freshly cut mackerel that was still alive and would have thus needed some sharp teeth to cut through like this.

 

Thoughts?

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So to better explain this, I dropped them in a gap in the rocks about 6 feet into the breakwater away from the shore.

 

So anything to get to these mackerel would need to have navigated and squeezed between a number of rocks.  Perhaps there was a viable pathway underneath that would allow a bluefish in but that's unclear.

 

The arrow is pointing to the exact gap in the rocks that I lowered the mackerel in, it appeared as if I was dunking them into a 6" deep pocket.

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13 hours ago, adam42 said:

At Rockland breakwater, right behind the lighthouse. No striper action so going for pollock but only getting mackerel.

 

The gulls are edging closer to the pile of mackerel so I pull a stringer out of my bag and dip them down in a gap in the breakwater rocks. It appears super shallow but could be mistaken but it's definitely highly restrictive space.

 

After about 20 minutes another mackerel school goes by and I get some more. Pulling up the stringer I'm shocked to find that one of them is cleanly severed below the gills so it's just a single head on the stringer.

 

I can rule out crabs because it was a clean cut and the other mackerel were unmolested.

 

I'm thinking it's possibly a lobster that tried to bring it back to its den and grew frustrated so cut it but that seems unlikely.

 

There are wolf fish there but I can't imagine an adult being able to fit in that space, so possibly a juvenile.

 

Small shark? 

 

I don't think it could possibly be an eel or a striper because this was a freshly cut mackerel that was still alive and would have thus needed some sharp teeth to cut through like this.

 

Thoughts?

Great description.  I had a similar thing happen in casco, and after it happened twice, the third time I reeled in (and promptly released) a lobster.  Could have been a blue or a small shark like you said.

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1 hour ago, adam42 said:

it appeared as if I was dunking them into a 6" deep pocket.

appears being the word.. and only you know. Assembled, irregularly shaped boulders leave gaps, and gaps connect. Jetties are stable, but not solid, right?

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I'm unfamiliar with this bluefish to which some of you referred.  Is  this a species that comes up to Maine?     I haven't seen them.   

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On 8/3/2022 at 1:18 AM, 2GT said:

Are there Otters where you fish? 

I had a resident raccoon that lived in a jetty down here in CT.  Scared the crap out of me. 

On 8/3/2022 at 8:04 AM, richie c said:

do conger eels live  in jetty rocks

I saw a really large eel (7-8ft) come across a sandy flat and squeeze between two rocks, then disappear inside a jetty a few years back.  Same jetty with the raccoon. 

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